WAGE Center Initiatives

Mission-Driven Initiatives

The Women’s and Gender Education Center at EWU provides an inclusive student-centered space while supporting intersectional feminist scholarship and activism.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Supporting students’ holistic development and academic success through co-curricular programs
  • Offering opportunities for dialogue and activism around difference, power, and privilege, and
  • Creating a collaborative community around feminist scholarship.

Our initiatives help us to frame our work within our mission.

Intersectionality Initiative

Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research

Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research supports the research efforts of faculty and staff who incorporate a feminist lens into their topics, methodologies, and theories. There are typically two or three presentations per quarter. Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research began in 1986. Presenters have included faculty from across campus, staff, deans, EWU presidents, and Washington State Department of Commerce Director, Lisa Brown, who was our Women’s Studies program’s director in 1983. Recent topics that have been covered include coffee, indigeneity, embodiment, masculinity, criminal justice, gendered violence, birth control, abortion activism, and Wonder Woman. If you are EWU faculty or staff, we would love to hear more about your research. Reach out to Lisa Logan at llogan83@ewu.edu for more information or to present.

Due to the pandemic, we are not presenting Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research in the winter of 2021.

See our most recent Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research flyer here.

Intersections - Feminist Conversations

Winter 2021 Weekly Meeting Time:

Tuesday

Noon-1 pm

Join Us

We gather weekly for a casual feminist conversation about current events, networking, and a brown-bag lunch.

Despite the pandemic, we have continued to offer this space virtually. Students, staff, faculty, and members of the larger community are invited to join us via video chat here.

A mural depicting a man kicking a coronavirus molecule

Early in the pandemic, our WAGE Center Work-Study Student Staff compiled this helpful resource. Categories include disability justice, economic/labor justice, housing justice, Indigenous responses, international perspectives, intimate partner violence, policy ideas, resources and responses, and self care and community care.

Intersectional Responses to COVID-19 Website

Request a Workshop

The WAGE center offers workshops and trainings to educate the campus community and increase awareness for students, staff, and faculty as a supplemental to classroom learning, instructed by WAGE staff.

Topics include:

  • Consent is Sexy
  • Self-care and Community Care for College Students
  • Salary Negotiations
  • Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Introduction
  • Recognizing the Signs of and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence
  • Power and Control in Relationships
  • Feminism 101

Workshop Request Form

Intersectionality

People often face multiple forms of oppression. Resistance to that oppression also manifests in many ways. This is the simplest understanding of intersectionality. Find out more about it here from Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the term in 1989. All of our efforts toward intersectionality in the WAGE Center community consider not only the ways in which oppression impacts people in the world, but also how to work against those impacts and the systems that create them.

Leadership Initiative

The Women’s and Gender Education Center and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies program are the lead organizers of the Activist in Residence (AiR) program on the EWU campus.

Since 2015, AiR has brought an activist to work virtually with EWU students, staff, faculty, and community members during winter quarter.

Questions? Reach out to Lisa Logan at llogan83@ewu.edu.

Find Out More or Donate to this program.

The WAGE Center Ambassador is a formal internship opportunity for credit with the WAGE Center. Interns are supervised by the WAGE Center Manager and a GWSS faculty member. It is designed collaboratively with each intern to support them in the development of the professional skills they hope to have prior to graduation.

Typically, the student chosen as the WAGE Center Ambassador will be interested in making connections with both on-campus partners and off-campus organizations. This intern is also involved in the WAGE Center Advisory Board.

Reach out to Lisa Logan at llogan83@ewu.edu for more information.

The Club Leadership Internship is a formal internship opportunity for credit for students who are involved in Scary Feminists or Planned Parenthood Generation Action. Interns are supervised by the WAGE Center Manager and a GWSS Faculty member. It is designed to give students a valuable experience in feminist leadership. Students will develop skills that give them a competitive advantage in future leadership positions.

Career goals and prior life-experiences are considered in the structure of this internship. This intern supports the long-term success of whichever club they are involved in.

Contact Lisa Logan at llogan83@ewu.edu to find out more.

Leadership Initiative

We take a unique approach to leadership development in the WAGE Center. Leadership, from an intersectional perspective, is inspired by experiences outside of the mainstream. We consider the desired changes to power structures that will allow the voices and perspectives of those typically left out of traditional leadership conversations to be centered. In the WAGE Center, we follow examples of leadership of indigenous people, women of color, LGBTQ+ people, and disabled people. Leadership, for us, is decentralized and non-linear.

Student Parent Initiative

HOME

The H.O.M.E. (Helping Ourselves Means Education) program is an important part of our on-campus support system for non-traditional student parents. This program connects student parents with the campus and community resources needed to continue their education. H.O.M.E. is the only student organization on campus that maintains a focus on providing activities, encouragement, and resources specifically for student parents.

At H.O.M.E., we are committed to helping EWU student parents complete their degrees by providing information, networking opportunities, childcare scholarships, and advocacy. H.O.M.E. provides a variety of resources designed to assist students in achieving their goals.

Find Out More or Donate

WIN Emergency Fund is for any student who is a single parent facing a sudden financial difficulty that may prevent them from completing their education. This fund provides up to $1000 to cover emergency expenses like rent, food, utilities, textbooks or car payments. Reach out to Lisa Logan at llogan83@ewu.edu for more information or to apply by submitting a narrative and brief financial information.

Donate Here

Since our earliest days as a women’s center, we have prioritized the support of parents who attend Eastern. We do this via childcare scholarships, events for students and their children, and an emergency fund for single parents who might otherwise not be able to continue their education. If you are interested in getting involved in a community of students who are parenting, this is the place for you.

Frances and Soleil

Reserve the Center

We support classes, community groups, and organizations in our space for purposes that are aligned with our mission.

The WAGE Center can accommodate up to 60 people. There are modular couches, small square tables, and chairs with arms on them. There is a movie screen, projector, and wall outlet with connectors for PCs and some Macs. There is a kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, a sink, dishes, silverware, and cups.

Please note that a contact person should be present during the event, setup, and clean up after the event. Noise should not be excessive. All university policies should be followed in our space.

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Fragrance-Free Space

Thank you for helping us maintain a welcoming and accessible environment for everyone who uses the WAGE Center and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies suite.

Please refrain from wearing scented products while visiting this space as they can cause serious health issues for those with fragrance allergies and/or chemical sensitivities.

Scented products include perfumes, colognes, scented lotions, clothing washed and/or dried with scented products, scented hair products, and essential oils

We appreciate your cooperation in making your space more accessible. Thank you for your consideration for all members of our community. For more information on why we are becoming fragrance-free, check out the following resources: